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Gatekeepers and such

Gatekeepers and such

Gatekeepers can make or break your consultancy assignment: gatekeepers are usually authorised to say "no" to you, but not necessarily to say "yes". If your project…

Cindy Tonkin July 4, 2018
Life is not a rehearsal! Start improvising!

Life is not a rehearsal! Start improvising!

You just never know what to expect when you're dealing with people. Neither work nor life is a rehearsal. Improvisation skills are people skills: Listening, saying…

Cindy Tonkin May 1, 2018
Do less and obsess - so you gotta say no

Do less and obsess - so you gotta say no

Do less and obsess is the first of 7 principles that top performers have in common in Morten Hansen's book Work Less Achieve more (podcast here). Here are some useful…

Cindy Tonkin April 5, 2018
You gotta say what THEY think

You gotta say what THEY think

There's a lot of pressure on a hostage negotiator. Pressure to make the guy with the hostages do what the negotiator wants. There's a lot of pressure on technical…

Cindy Tonkin March 15, 2018
Five Problems for Data Science Consulting teams

Five Problems for Data Science Consulting teams

There are five key problems for data scientist consulting teams right now. The key problems work around the acronym FLAWS: Free resourceLacking contextAll…

Cindy Tonkin February 22, 2018
Saying Sorry is an art

Saying Sorry is an art

Saying sorry is an art. We’ve all been there when something goes wrong. Your team doesn't follow a procedure, or made a basic error. You slipped past a deadline. You’re…

Cindy Tonkin February 13, 2018
Office politics for Technical People (Geeks)

Office politics for Technical People (Geeks)

No one is as smart as you. But smarter doesn’t move you up the ladder. This is a primer on office politics for geeks and technical people. You will have to…

Cindy Tonkin February 13, 2018
Leading Well: What you say and what you do matters

Leading Well: What you say and what you do matters

It’s a cliché that bosses often say “Do as I say, not as I do”. But of course both matter. Leading well means doing both. Read on to find some new reasons…

Cindy Tonkin February 13, 2018
Are you smart enough to read this post? Why small talk is important

Are you smart enough to read this post? Why small talk is important

This is a primer on office politics for geeks and technical people. If you're not smart enough to read this post, then move on! I have been working with data…

Cindy Tonkin January 24, 2018
No is a life choice too

No is a life choice too

Saying no nicely isn't just about talking with your clients and stakeholders and rationalising the decision. It's also a life and strategic choice. This article…

Cindy Tonkin January 15, 2018